Border Patrol agents on Monday rescued a 1-year-old baby after a smuggler at the southern border dumped the child by the edge of the Colorado River.
Migration at the southern border has exploded under President Joe Biden, increasing humanitarian concerns as well as national security risks.
“A one-year-old Guatemalan child was abandoned along the Colorado River Monday afternoon by a smuggler who took him across the border and then left him to fend for himself along the water’s edge,” U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz captioned the shocking video he tweeted Thursday. “Thanks to our agent’s quick response, tragedy was averted!”
The video shows a smuggler from Mexico pop out of the water holding the child. He then places the one-year-old on the ground, alone along the river’s edge, before swiftly returning back to Mexico. Thankfully, a border agent spotted the drop and within about a minute drove over to rescue the child.
The child has reportedly been identified, but the name is not being shared with the public to protect the minor’s privacy.
“The child will be placed in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement,” Border Patrol spokesman John Mennell said.
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